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With the Primetime Emmys on the Horizon, My Picks & Yours for Who Will Win

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 21, 2014 at 2:20PM

Uzo Aduba, Joe Morton and "The Square" won their individual categories, as reported earlier this week, at a ceremony during which primarily behind-the-scenes creatives were feted. So we can officially mark them as winners.
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Emmy Awards

The trophies will be handed out next Monday, August 25, when Seth Meyers hosts the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. The ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

With regards to notable nominees of African descent, the below list closely resembles that of this year's Golden Globe nominees. 

So getting right into it... here are the nominations that we care most about (given this blog's stated mission):

1 - Kerry Washington picked up a nomination for "Scandal" in the Lead Actress in a Drama Series category
2 - Idris Elba and Chiwetel Ejiofor both picked up nominations for Lead Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie ("Luther" and "Dancing on the Edge," respectively)
3 - Don Cheadle picked up a nomination for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series ("House of Lies")
4 - Angela Bassett is nominated for Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her work in "American Horror Story: Coven"
5 - Andre Braugher picked up a nomination for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
6 - Cicely Tyson is nominated in the Lead Actress in a Mini-Series of Movie category for "The Trip to Bountiful"
7 - Reg E. Cathey and Joe Morton are both nominated for Guest Actor in a Drama series for "House of Cards" and "Scandal" respectively
8 - Uzo Aduba and Laverne Cox are both nominated for Guest Actress in a Drama Series for "Orange is the New Black"
9 - "Luther" is nominated in the Writing for Mini-Series or Movie or Dramatic Special category.
10 - "Key & Peele" picked up a nomination for Writing in a Variety Series.
11 - "Wynton Marsalis - A YoungArts Masterclass" is nominated for Outstanding Children's Program
12 - Egyptian revolution documentary "The Square," picked up nominations for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming and Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special
13 - "Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley" is also nominated in the Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special category.

Uzo Aduba, Joe Morton and "The Square" won their individual categories, as reported earlier this week, at a ceremony during which primarily behind-the-scenes creatives were feted. So we can officially mark them as winners. 

As for the others, Monday night will tell all. But feel free to chime in with your guesses before then, in the comments section below. Personally, I think the rest are nominated in quite competitive categories, and I don't expect more wins (other than the above who've already locked in trophies). But that's why we *play the game*.

In addition, a few items worth noting, in consideration of the above nominations, before you chime in with your picks:

- This is Kerry Washington's 2nd Emmy nomination for "Scandal." She was nominated last year, but didn't win.

- Idris Elba picks up his 3rd Emmy nomination. This is the 2nd time he's been nominated for "Luther." He also picked up a nomination in 2011 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, for his appearance on "The Big C."

- Don Cheadle makes it a 6th time he's been nominated for an Emmy (3 of those for "House of Lies); although he's never won.

- This is Angela Bassett's 2nd Emmy nomination. She was previously nominated for Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her performance in "The Rosa Parks Story" in 2002. 

- Andre Braugher picks up his 7th Emmy nomination. He's won twice: Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for "Thief" in 2006, and Lead Actor in a Drama Series for "Homicide: Life on the Street" in 1993.

- One of 2 Emmy winners in this group, Cicely Tyson, has been nominated 9 times (including this year's nomination), and has won twice: Actress of the Year - Special for "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" (1974) and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special for "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All" (1994).

- Whoopi has been nominated 6 times, between 1986 and 2009, but has never won.

The trophies will be handed out next Monday, August 25, when Seth Meyers hosts the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. The ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

The full list of nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards follows below. I've *bolded* those who I think will win on Monday night. How about you?

Outstanding Drama Series

“Breaking Bad” (AMC)

“Downton Abbey” (PBS)

“Game of Thrones” (HBO)

“Mad Men” (AMC)

“True Detective” (HBO)

“House of Cards” (Netflix)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom” (HBO)

Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” (AMC)

Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective” (HBO)

Woody Harrelson, “True Detective” (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

Claire Danes, “Homeland” (Showtime)

Robin Wright, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Kerry Washington, “Scandal” (ABC)

Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife” (CBS)

Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex” (Showtime)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”

Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland” (Showtime)

Josh Charles, “The Good Wife” (CBS)

Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife” (CBS)

Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men” (AMC)

Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

Outstanding Comedy Series

“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

“Louie” (FX)

“Modern Family” (ABC)

“Veep” (HBO)

“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

“Silicon Valley” (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”

Don Cheadle, “House of Lies” (Showtime)

Louis C.K., “Louie” (FX)

William H. Macy, “Shameless” (Showtime)

Ricky Gervais, “Derek” (Netflix)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Lena Dunham, “Girls”

Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”

Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly” (CBS)

Taylor Schilling, “Orange is the New Black”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Adam Driver, “Girls” (HBO)

Jessie Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family” (ABC)

Fred Armisen, “Portlandia” (IFC)

Ty Burrell, “Modern Family” (ABC)

Tony Hale, “Veep” (HBO)

Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

Julie Bowen, “Modern Family” (ABC)

Anna Chlumsky, “Veep” (HBO)

Allison Janney, “Mom” (CBS)

Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Kate Mulgrew, “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)

Outstanding Miniseries

“American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

“Fargo” (FX)

“The White Queen” (Starz)

“Bonnie and Clyde” (A&E, Lifetime, History)

“Treme” (HBO)

Outstanding Television Movie

“The Normal Heart” (HBO)

“The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime)

“Killing Kennedy” (National Geographic Channel)

“Sherlock: His Last Vow” (PBS)

“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Dancing on the Edge” (Starz)

Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo” (FX)

Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow” (PBS)

Idris Elba, “Luther” (BBC America)

Martin Freeman, “Fargo” (Fx)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (I'm going with one of the many "Normal Heart" nominees, so pick one!)

Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart” (HBO) 

Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”

Joe Mantello, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Colin Hanks, “Fargo” (FX)

Jim Parsons, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Alfred Molina, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Cicely Tyson, “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime)

Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

Kristen Wiig, “Spoils of Babylon”

Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor” (BBC America)

Minnie Driver, “Return to Zero” (Lifetime)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

Angela Bassett, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

Allison Tolman, “Fargo” (FX)

Ellen Burstyn, “Flowers in the Attic” (Lifetime)

Julia Roberts, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Outstanding Variety Series

“The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central)

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC)

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)

“Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO)

“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

“The Amazing Race” (CBS)

“Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)

“Project Runway” (Lifetime)

“So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)

“Top Chef” (Bravo)

“The Voice” (NBC)

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program

Betty White, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” (NBC)

Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)

Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum, “Project Runway” (Lifetime)

Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)

Anthony Bourdain, “The Taste” (ABC)

Jane Lynch, “Hollywood Game Night” (NBC)

Outstanding Structured Reality Program

“Undercover Boss” (CBS)

“Antiques Roadshow” (PBS)

“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” (Food Network)

“Mythbusters” (Discovery)

“Shark Tank” (ABC)

“Who Do You Think You Are” (TLC)

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program

“Alaska: Last Frontier” (Discovery Channel)

“Deadliest Catch” (Discovery)

“Flipping Out” (Bravo)

“Million Dollar Listing” (BRavo)

“Wahlburgers” (A&E)

“Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan” (BBC America)

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Diana Rigg, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Kate Mara, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Allison Janney, “Masters of Sex” (Showtime)

Kate Burton, “Scandal” (ABC)

Margo Martindale, “The Americans” (FX)

Jane Fonda, “The Newsroom” (HBO)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Paul Giamiatti, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

Reg. E Cathey, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Robert Morse, “Mad Men” (AMC)

Beau Bridges, “Masters of Sex” (Showtime)

Joe Morton, “Scandal” (ABC)

Dylan Baker, “The Good Wife” (CBS)

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Moira Walley-Beckett, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

Vince Gilligan, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Beau Willimon, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Nic Pizzolatto, “True Detective” (HBO)

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